Philippines

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Coordination mechanism: The Philippines formally adopted the Cluster Approach in 2007 as a mechanism to help address identified response gaps and ensure quality and coverage of humanitarian action.
Coordination arrangement:The National Nutrition Cluster is under the leadership of the National Nutrition Council (Government) with UNICEF as HCT Co-Lead agency. Seventeen Regional Nutrition Clusters have also been organized by the Regional Offices of the National Nutrition Council who also technical support to Local Nutrition Councils who also serve as the Local Nutrition Clusters during emergencies.

Country Key Contacts

Rene Gerard Galera

Nutrition Specialist rggalera@unicef.org

Jefferson Gregorio

Nutrition Specialist jgregorio@unicef.org

End-year report 2022

January to December 2022

About

Coordination mechanism: 
The Philippines formally adopted the Cluster Approach in 2007 as a mechanism to help address identified response gaps and ensure quality and coverage of humanitarian action. The National Nutrition Council was formally designated by DOH in 2013 as the new chair of the Nutrition Cluster, composed of partner agencies from government, the United Nations, professional societies, academe, and non-government organizations. Even during the non-disaster phase, the National Nutrition Cluster remains active and oversees the organization of regional and sub-national Nutrition Clusters. A Strategic Core Group (SCG) and four technical working groups (TWG), namely: Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM WG), Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF WG), Assessment and Monitoring (AM WG), and the Advocacy and Communications (AdComm WG) were organized to support planning, service delivery, and monitoring. The SCG is responsible for decision-making on behalf of the larger group through representation of stakeholder groups. Members of the SCG are the chairpersons of the different TWGs, and UNICEF as cluster co-lead

Year of activation: The National Nutrition Cluster has been active since October 2013. The National Nutrition Cluster remains operational throughout the year and is never formally activated or deactivated.

Coordination arrangement: The National Nutrition Cluster is under the leadership of the National Nutrition Council (Government) with UNICEF as HCT Co-Lead agency. Seventeen Regional Nutrition Clusters have also been organized by the Regional Offices of the National Nutrition Council who also technical support to Local Nutrition Councils who also serve as the Local Nutrition Clusters during emergencies.

Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)

EPP

Current Challenges
  • Limited and stretched human resource for nutrition at the national level.  
  • Disruption of routine nutrition services as health care providers are stretched with COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Standing bottlenecks in supply chain and information management limitations
  • Increased demand for system strengthening due to varying or mixed emergencies (Volcano alert increased alert, Typhoons, armed conflict, earthquake)
Advocacy, Intersectoral Collaboration and Preparedness
Advocacy Survey
Country Advocacy Strategy developed Yes
Link to document  
Advocacy activities included in annual work plan Yes
Specific WG leading advocacy work established Yes
Preparedness
Contingency plan or ERP plan developed/updated Yes
Link to document Link
Intersectoral Collaboration (ISC)
Intersectoral projects currently under implementation No
Clusters engaged
N/A

Key Figures

(million)

Funding

(million)
Number of SAM under-five children in need
(million)
Number of MAM under-five children in need
(million)
Number of children 6-59 months in need of BSFP- Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme
(million)
Number of children 6-59 months in need of Vitamin A Supplementation
(million)
Number of children 6-59 months in need of Micronutrient Powder Supplementation
(million)
Number of PLW counselled (one-on-one) on IYCF
(million)
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need
(million)
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need of BSFP
(million)
Number of PLW in need of iron/folate supplementation
(million)

Members of the National Nutrition Cluster

Total Partners

0
NNGOs
0
INGOs
0
UN agencies
0
Authorities

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